California desert updates: Wave pools still target 2022-23 launch

The WavePoolMag desert update focuses on developments in the evolving surf park oasis east of Los Angeles. This time we find that not a whole lot has changed since our last update, but seeing as there is so much interest in this space, we wanted to keep everyone up-to-date…

The pandemic continues to slow progress on the four surf parks planned for the Coachella Valley in 2022-23.

The Palm Springs Surf Club is making progress on a 50 million dollar project featuring a three million-gallon state-of-the-art Surf Loch technology wave pool at the former Wet N’ Wild water park on Gene Autry Trail in Palm Springs. The developers have transformed an existing pool with large wave-making technology which will be open to the public. Other planned amenities include a lazy river and restaurant. Palm Springs Surf Club will be open for the public.

New details will soon be released for DSRT Surf a proposed 5.5-acre wave lagoon in Palm Desert. The development will feature Wavegarden Cove technology which powers consistent rights, lefts and barrels for experienced surfers and mellow inside sections for novice surfers and family fun. The development is planned to include up to two hotels and up to 88 residential villas on a 15-acre property near Desert Willow Golf Resort. Plans also include a surf academy for all levels and spa and fitness center. The project is expected to be completed in 2023 and open to the public.

The Thermal Beach Club will feature a 20-acre surf lagoon surrounded by up to 326 luxury homes in Thermal, 25 miles southeast of Palm Springs. It is being developed on the 2,200 acre Kohl Ranch on Avenue 66, which also includes the Desert Mirage High school complex, the Thermal Motor Sports facility and BMW Performance Driving Center. Only residents and their guests may utilize the lagoon and surfing activities. An opening is expected sometime in 2023.

World champion surfer Kelly Slater has teamed up with Meriwether Companies and Big Sky Wave Developments to begin construction on Coral Mountain in La Quinta. The 400-acre private resort and residential community is set against the Santa Rosa Mountain Range and will include a hotel, restaurant and wave basin said to create the biggest, rideable open barrel, human-made waves in the world. It is also speculated that there may be ponds for stand-up paddleboarding and electric hydrofoil boards as well as rock climbing, biking, and the resort and surfing amenities are exclusive to members and guests. Slater is the founder of Slater Wave Company which created the technology for the wave basin.

Update provided by Coachella Valley Surf Club